We're finally getting a little winter here, which is nice. This morning like most Americans I'm watching the Inaugural. Fifty-seven of them and counting...although I recently finished reading a book about the end of the Roman Republic, which is casting a slight pall on the horizon of my mood. But it's a nice day in Washington.
Big day for poets, too—the Inauguration is probably the highest-profile appearance of a poet in public life these days. This time it's Richard Blanco, whose poem is sounding a bit like a speech—but then, the official poetry of occasions has never been that medium's highest height. Too bad we don't have a little more room for poetry in public life these days.
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A book of interest today:
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Bob (partial comment): "The book of interest, The Country Between Us, is a remarkable book ,and its author a remarkable person. It was one of the first serious and political poetry books to be recognized by the mainstream press in a very long time. 'The Colonel' is a particularly powerful and accessible poem.
"I had the pleasure of taking a week long workshop with Ms. Forche soon after the book was published. She stressed that poets needed to be more political. People were listening to her. It was an exciting time to be following poetry."
James Rhem: "I think you are being a little hard on Blanco's poem. For occasional verse, it was not bad at all. A photographer ought to have appreciated his use of 'light' as a recurrent device aiming at bringing 'enlightenment' and thoughtful observation to the great daily sweep of America."